Taking the case out of the box, we can see that Thermaltake has placed a cover over the top so it's protected and doesn't get scratched during transportation or removal of the unit. Not only does it protect the case, but it also stores up a heap of static electricity thanks to the material, so when you finally grab the case for the first time you literally get quite the shock.
Pulling the cover off the case and looking at it for the first time, it really is quite a simple looking case; black as expected with a subtle bit of red down the front. The overall lines on the case aren't aggressive and there isn't anything really all that loud about the case; but if that's what you want in a case it's perfect.
As for the front there isn't a heap going on; we have the Thermaltake logo printed quite small on the front of the case. The front is of course a door which when opened shows us a massive nine 5.25" bays that stretch from the top to the bottom of the case.
Looking at the top, we've got our power button smack back in the middle along with an e-SATA port sitting above it. To the right we have the reset button and the power LED. To the left there are microphone and headphone in and outputs along with a HDD activity LED. We also have a single USB 2.0 on each side of the whole setup.
Continuing across the top of the case, we move to the back where we can see a large fan that helps push the hot air that rises inside straight out the top. The fan comes in at a large 23cm and spins at a pretty tame 600RPM which outputs an even tamer 15dBA. Thanks to the size, it doesn't need to spin fast to push serious air out the top of the case.
On the side of the case we see the same fan again, though this one spins at a slightly faster 800RPM while still out putting the same dBA. This fan blows directly over the core components of your system which include the graphics card(s), CPU and motherboard.
Finally we leave the outside of the case by checking out the back. We can see that like a lot of other companies Thermaltake has opted to have the PSU sit at the bottom of the case here. Moving up, we have a spot for two small 60mm fans; these aren't included in the package, though. Above that we have a 120mm fan that helps push the hot air out.